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Nintendo ES (x86 Operating System)
Posted on Thursday 6 December 2007

Seems like Nintendo is developing an open source (?) operating system for Intel based PCs called ES (Which resolves to Nintendo ES – or NES).

The project is hosted on the Japanese Source forge and bottom of the page says "Copyright © 2006, 2007 Nintendo Co,. Ltd.", although the license are fully free to change/distribute…

“We propose an extensible component operating system architecture in which an operating system kernel uses reflection to process C++ pure virtual function based system calls and upcalls to provide a unified programming environment for application, server, and kernel development. We found that we could even develop file subsystems and a TCP/IP protocol stack on an existing operating system based on this architecture.”

ES seem to use Squeak and SmallTalk as environment. The page and documentations (PDF) are in Japanese, which I cannot read.

I hope this will be more then just "Research" operating system and Nintendo might give opportunity to homebrew developers like Sony is
(kinda) doing with the "Install OS" on the PS3.

The ES Operating system (Google Translated version)

Edit: The page is now hosted on GoogleCode, and there isn’t any mention of Nintendo…
For those who are interested, the new page is http://code.google.com/p/es-operating-system/


1 Comment for 'Nintendo ES (x86 Operating System)'

  1.  
    December 7, 2007 | 3:53
     

    Very interesting, but why would Nintendo make an x86 OS? Unless it’s some sort of development environment for making and testing Wii games or something like that I don’t see the purpose. Seems more like a research project than anything else, maybe they are trying to see how feasible it would be to make a PC OS capable of playing Wii games, although the description doesn’t really seem to point to that.

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